September 20

Willie Mullins targets John Durkan double raid with Djakadam and Valseur Lido

first_imgCheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam and Grade One-winning novice Valseur Lido form a formidable twin assault for Willie Mullins on the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday. Mullins said: “Djakadam ran a cracker here (Punchestown) last April. One or two of them will probably be rusty and I’m hoping he’ll put up a show.” The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Valseur Lido won three of his five starts over fences last season, including Grade Ones at Fairyhouse and Punchestown. “I’m very pleased with how both of them are. It’s probably a little short for both of them,” the County Carlow handler told Gigginstown’s retained rider Bryan Cooper has sided with Valseur Lido over the race-fit Clarcam from Gordon Elliott’s yard, who has already been beaten twice this season. Gigginstown’s stud manager Eddie O’Leary said: “Hopefully he (Valseur Lido) will run well. He’s in good form. The trip is a bit on the short side for him, but we’ll see how he goes. I think Clarcam will improve now we’re putting the cheekpieces on him.” Hidden Cyclone arrives in excellent form after an impressive victory in the Fortria Chase at Navan a month ago, but trainer Shark Hanlon is concerned the two-and-a-half-mile distance could stretch him in what will be testing conditions. Hanlon said: “He’s in great form and has a run under his belt, which hopefully gives him an advantage over one or two of the others. “The only worry is the ground is going to be heavy. If it was two miles, I’d be delighted, but over two and a half, I just hope they don’t catch him. Djakadam was a major disappointment on his seasonal reappearance in last year’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but bounced back emphatically in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park to earn a shot at the blue riband. The six-year-old finished second in the Gold Cup before finding the formidable Don Cossack too strong in the Punchestown Gold Cup in late April and makes his first start since then in the Grade One over two and a half miles. “It’s a very good race. Willie has two very good horses in it, they are both stayers and with the ground it might ride more like a three-mile race, which will suit them better than us. I’m very happy with our horse, though. He was very good in Navan and ran a blinder in the Galway Hurdle before that, so he goes there in great shape.” The JP McManus-owned Gilgamboa signed off an excellent first season over fences with a Grade One victory in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April. Trainer Enda Bolger said: “Everything is good with the horse and he’s ready to run, but having been off the track for a while, he will just take (need) it. “It’ll be nice, soft ground, which will suit him. It’s a very hot race, but we have to start somewhere and there aren’t too many options for a horse like him. We’re just hoping for a nice run. A clear round and coming home safe and sound will do me.” Press Associationlast_img read more

December 27


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 31 were Paddy Diver, Doonan and Eamonn Gorrell, 22 Ardeskin Heights. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 13 & 24 with the jackpot now standing at €8,900.Coaching for the Under 14 Girls commences this Thursday evening February 16th from 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Coaching is open to all girls born 1998 or 1999. Please contact team manager Michael Masterson (086) 8095521 if you require any further information. The Annual Dinner and Presentation of Club Awards for 2011 will take place this Saturday February 18th in Dom’s Pier 1 at 7.30 pm sharp. Tickets are on sale now priced at €20.00 from Sean Dunnion, Paul Timoney, Michael Martin and Maria Gorrell. Members are reminded that nominations for the Club Person of the Year 2011 award must be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than 6.00 pm on Friday. The monthly meeting of Bord na nOg will take place next Monday night February 20th at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Hotel.GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more